In a major documentary production airing this week, the parents of the late Army Specialist Jeremy Brown share a platform with leaders of the mainstream Muslim community on Public Radio 91.3 WCPI.
As a retrospective and commentary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the two-hour broadcast special explores the religious fanaticism that inspired the 9/11 horrors, as well as the emotional, economic, geopolitical and military stresses and impacts triggered by 19 young men who used jetliners as flying bombs, said Dr. Norman Rone, president of the Warren County Education Foundation, owner-operator of WCPI.
The program will air on 91.3 FM this Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., and again Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Mac and Rhonda Brown share personal, often intimate, reminiscences on their younger son, Jeremy, who was determined from an early age to follow his father’s footsteps into the famed 101st Army Infantry Division based at Ft Campbell, Ky. Jeremy was killed in combat against the extremist Taliban insurgency while he was on duty in Afghanistan in 2010. His funeral is thought to have been the largest, in terms of the number of persons attending, in Warren County history.
In the second division of the WCPI special, two prominent voices in the Nashville Muslim community answer questions about their religious beliefs and their reaction to 9/11 and all the murderous attacks carried out worldwide by extremists claiming the sanction of Islam.
Both interview guests, medical services entrepreneur Hana Khan and commercial banker Sajid “Sam” Usmani, emphatically and unequivocally denounce the radicals and go so far as to say the terrorists commit blasphemy against God and the teachings of the Islam’s founding prophet Muhammad.
Khan and Usmani, both of whom were born in Pakistan, are naturalized U.S. citizens and have lived and worked in the Nashville area for many years. WCPI volunteer producer Bill Zechman conducted the interview at Nashville’s Belmont United Methodist Church on Aug. 27.